A few days ago, we mentioned Sir Elton John's White Tie & Tiara Ball event, which was supposed to take place at his home in Windsor on June 24. We also mentioned that the event would feature an extraordinarily special auction item: an A1 car donated by Audi, a car that has been made into a work of art by Britain's foremost contemporary artist, Damien Hirst.
"Hirst took the new premium compact hatchback and turned it into an extraordinarily vibrant, dramatic and colorful work of art," Audi says in a statement.
The car was auctioned during the event, which drew 700 VIP guests to the rock star's home here. Elizabeth Hurley, Dame Shirley Bassey and Lulu were among them and watched the car raise the sum in aid of Elton John's AIDS Foundation at his annual White Tie and Tiara Ball on Thursday night. Lady Gaga, the American pop singer, also performed at the event.
The car, fully drivable and road legal, has managed to fetch £350,000 during the auction. The buyer was not identified.
"That's the most exciting object we've ever had on auction at the White Tie," commented Sir Elton John.
But the car was not the most expensive lot sold on Thursday night. A trip to an overseas project with the AIDS Foundation accompanied by Elton John and his partner David Furnish was sold for £750,000 while a sculpture by the artist Anselm Kiefer was sold for £650,000.
The total raised for the evening was £5.6 million, compared to the last year, which made just over £4 million.
The AIDS Foundation of Sir Elton John manages over £14 million in programmes across 15 countries supporting thousands of men, women and children with life saving medication, as well as information, nutrition, education, shelter and support.
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